Thursday, February 05, 2009

Map World Forum 2009

More than 2000 global experts and users of geospatial technologies will gather together at Hyderabad International Convention Centre from February 10 - 13, 2009 to discuss, deliberate and evolve ways to create a Sustainable Planet Earth for the conference, Map World Forum. The conference is being organized by GIS Development, which is a leading geospatial media company based in Noida. The Forum promises to be a Global Congregation for thought and discussion between experts from various fields like Environment, Finance, Management, Technology and Governance with Geospatial specialists striving to make our planet a sustainable one. It aims to bring the geospatial community into limelight with regards to mainstream development organisations at a global level.

Founded in the year 2007, this is the second biennial conference, being organized under the patronage of Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. Kapil Sibal, Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences is the Patron of the conference. The conference will be formally opened by the Hon’ble Vice President of India, Mohd Hamid Ansari on February 10, 2009.

The Honorable Minister for Science and Technology & Earth Sciences, Government of India, Kapil Sibal states, “Government of India stands committed to create, update, manage and disseminate geospatial information and use it to the best possible manner to improve the quality of the life of its citizens and development of the nation. Keeping this in mind we organized 'Map World Forum' which brought the global leadership in geospatial sciences on one mega platform to discuss the challenges and opportunities for the geospatial science and technology growth and its role for human development in the next decade. Overwhelmed with the need and positive response of such a forum, Government of India is privileged to host the Second Map World Forum”

During the Plenary Sessions of the conference, many experts from different backgrounds and focus areas will present their views and opinions on how geospatial technologies are being used or have the potential to solve the problems of the environment. In addition to the Plenary Sessions, the technical agenda of the conference will include a host of other activities from Panel Discussions, Symposiums, Seminars, Forums, Summit, and Technical Sessions. These sessions will cover the various aspects of map making like Remote Sensing, Photogrammetry, Cartography, 3D laser scanning to its application areas like Agriculture and Food Security, Infrastructure Development, Climate Change, Energy and many more.

Map World Forum will also host a 3000 sq mtr exhibition area where 60 companies dealing with geospatial technologies will showcase the state-of-the-art equipments, software/hardware demos and the user segments will display the innovative usage they have put these latest maps to.

Sanjay Kumar, the Chief Executive Officer of GIS Development and Convenor of the Forum invites participation of delegates by stating, “Map World Forum will not just be a conference, it will be a Forum that will aim to Converge Ideas and Expand Horizons for Sustainable Planet Earth. It will aim beyond speeches and discussions to find practical ways to protect the Earth and improve people's lives. Its mission, therefore, will be to encourage the geospatial family and the society at large to function in ways that protect the Earth's natural environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of present and future generations. I welcome participation of all the individuals and organisations who would like to contribute to this goal for making our planet a better place to live in.”


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